The way too late World Cup rooting interests thread

Ale Xander

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MIne:

For:
1. USA
1.5Ukraine if they were in
2. Brazil



3. CAF (most)
4. Australia
5. CONMEBOL (other than Argentina, Brazil, and if Suarez is playing for Uruguay)



6. Netherlands (would be 3 at worst pre-NDJ)
7. Belgium
7.5 Costa Rica
8. Iberian peninsula
9. most of rest of UEFA if they don't park the bus
10.Japan/Korea
10.5 Parking the bus UEFA

Against
11. Canada, England and France


12 Italy if they were in
12.25 Uruguay with Suarez
12.5. Mexico
13. Nations in West Asia/Middle East hostile to women and/or Israel (if they have never been to QF)
14. Poland
15. Argentina
16. Most of rest of Concacaf if they were in (CA - Honduras, El Salvador, etc.)
17. Germany
 

JayMags71

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I only picked from teams that are left
  1. USA
  2. NED
  3. ARG (only for Messi)
  4. Croatia
  5. Senegal
i have various degrees of sports hatred for the rest of the field for various reasons. Especially for England and Brazil with what I perceive as a sense of entitlement. France and Portugal each have teams with stars who I find easy to dislike.

I’m pessimistic that I’ll have anyone to root for in the semis or finals.
 

Mr. Stinky Esq.

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Picking from teams left.

I obviously lead with the homeland:
1. USA

Followed by ancestry:
2. Poland
3. France
4. England

From there, it's ad hoc depending on how I feel about the teams, countries, or storylines at the time of any given match.
 

dirtynine

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USA far and away

then:
Australia
Argentina (for Messi)
[any CAF or AFC country]
[the rest]
England
 

Titans Bastard

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I root for the US to win and for European teams, especially England, to lose.
 

luckiestman

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This is actually hard for me to care after the first 2

1. USA
2. Portugal

huge gap

3a. Brazilian
3b. Japan
 

candylandriots

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Berlin
1 usa
2 poland
3 Switzerland
4 Japan

of those left … I also feel like I need to root for Germany so they’re up there too
 

candylandriots

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I have some bad news...

edit - ah I was reading it differently than you probably intended. I doubt Berlin is in a good mood right now!
Berlin really didn’t care all that much. So many people were boycotting there. A friend of mine from Dortmund posted yesterday though that now Germany can fully boycott the WC haha.

(and yes, your second reading got my meaning. Sorry for the lack of clarity!)
 

Import78

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My nationalities in no particular order:
England
US
Switzerland

After that I usually pull for upsets/smaller countries, particularly African countries. I don't oppose many teams and when I do it's largely for one particular person/event that I then blame the whole country for (Portugal because Ronaldo is a prick, Argentina for Maradonna's hand of god, that sort of thing).
 

blueguitar322

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My first love affair with soccer came during the '98 World Cup, when I was doing two-a-day practices for my high school team and watching matches in between. I didn't have a team at that time but quickly fell for the free-flowing Dutch style of play (ancestry also helped). Dennis Bergkamp's goal against Argentina sealed my fandom for the Netherlands (and Arsenal), so I'll be pulling for the US tomorrow but as long as the Dutch aren't jerks, if they win I'll be pulling for them the rest of the way.

I don't oppose many teams and when I do it's largely for one particular person/event that I then blame the whole country for (Portugal because Ronaldo is a prick ... ).
+1 on this. My second love affair came during the 2006 World Cup. Ronaldo's antics, combined with the most unsportsmanlike diving by Portugal in general (small sample here, here, here, here), forever sealed my eternal opposition to any team he plays for.
 

BrazilianSoxFan

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Brazil.

If they get eliminated, the World Cup is over for me. Probably wouldn't watch any other games, not even the finals.
 

SocrManiac

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My family was off the boat Italians, and I was born in a year Italy won the World Cup. That became natural for me.

My club team was selected to be ball boys for Italy vs. Ireland at Giants Stadium in ‘94. I got to hang out with a bunch of the Italian team and it sealed my fate.

The last of the legendary 2006 team has retired (other than Buffon- LOL) and Juventus has become so difficult to support (thanks, CR7!), my love for the Azzurri has waned somewhat.

As my son joins the lowest levels of the US youth development program (one that soured me with $20k/year in fees to play back in the late 90’s), I’ve started to feel a connection to the US team. This is my son’s first real World Cup and he’s so into it. He loves the US (and a certain Argentinian) and it’s been absolutely contagious. I’ll always support Italy and the US, but if there’s a rematch of their 2006 group stage matchup (the US being the only team to record a goal before the final (own goal) and to take points off Italy), I may not be rooting for the same side I did back then.
 

Boston Brawler

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From what remains:

For me it’s Argentina first. My wife was born and raised there and her entire family is still there. She and her family have really shown me what it means to love football.

Then the US.

Then everyone else, with France and Brazil at the bottom.
 

dirtynine

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I still can’t believe Italy vs Ireland in New York in a World Cup happened. Oh to have tailgated that day.

(or to have hung out with Baggio)
 

nolasoxfan

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My family was off the boat Italians, and I was born in a year Italy won the World Cup. That became natural for me.

My club team was selected to be ball boys for Italy vs. Ireland at Giants Stadium in ‘94. I got to hang out with a bunch of the Italian team and it sealed my fate.

The last of the legendary 2006 team has retired (other than Buffon- LOL) and Juventus has become so difficult to support (thanks, CR7!), my love for the Azzurri has waned somewhat.

As my son joins the lowest levels of the US youth development program (one that soured me with $20k/year in fees to play back in the late 90’s), I’ve started to feel a connection to the US team. This is my son’s first real World Cup and he’s so into it. He loves the US (and a certain Argentinian) and it’s been absolutely contagious. I’ll always support Italy and the US, but if there’s a rematch of their 2006 group stage matchup (the US being the only team to record a goal before the final (own goal) and to take points off Italy), I may not be rooting for the same side I did back then.
VERY COOL!